Political leaders, organisation and traders' union are among the whole set of people who have expressed their displeasure about the BCCI retaining its Chinese sponsors for the IPL 2020 that is scheduled in the UAE between September and November this year.
Omar Abdullah, leader of the National Conference was among the first who tweeted his displeasure on no action being taken by the BCCI against its Chinese linked sponsors, in the wake of the recent altercations in eastern Ladakh, where 20 soldiers of the Indian armed forces were killed by members of the Chinese army. There were casualties on both sides, and the Indian sentiment has been high on boycotting commercial interets where Chinese products or companies are involved.
Abdullah in Twitter note said that the though people are being told to boycott Chinese products, the Chinese cell phone makers will continue as IPL title sponsors, which is where we are confused and China continues to thumb its nose at us.
The BCCI had earlier said that it will reconsider it sponsorship arrangements with the Chinese companies (read Vivo) in the wake of the Ladakh incident, which the Prime Minister had downplayed initially and then again reiterated his support for the armed forces by visiting the border areas. The Chinese cell phone maker Vivo has a 5 year deal with IPL that is worth over Rs 2,000 Crore.
IPL governing council had decided in its meeting held on Sunday that it will continue with the sponsors linked to China for the 2020 session of IPL.
Praveen Khandelwal, the CAIT national general secretary in his letter said that the BCCIs decision smacks for its lust of money and utter disregard for safety of the people. The letter was addressed to Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs minister Jaishankar. The letter further demands witholding permission to conduct the tournament. This is according to a report in The Print.
Ashwani Mahajan, national convernor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an RSS affiliate, also expressed his dissent and said that peopl should considet boycotting the IPL if the BCCI continues with its aberration to the nations mood, as per PTI.
VIVO, being the title sponsor of the IPL, is also supported by Paytm, which has investment from Alibaba; Dream 11 and Swiggy, who have Chinese links and investments through Chinese company Tencent.